Trek Highlights

  • Scenic flight Kathmandu / Lukla.
  • Namche Bazaar doorway of Mt. Everest
  • Experience Sherpa culture and their tradition.
  • Visit Pangboche and Tengboche monastery
  • Climbing Kalapathar (5545m)
  • Spectacular and breathtaking views of Mt, Everest, Mt Lhotse and other mountains from Kalapathar.
  • Explore Namche bazzar
  • You are likely to see yaks, mountain goat, Himalayan Thar, blue sheep and pheasant
  • If you are lucky you might encounter with red panda,Snow Leopard, Musk deer and Himalayan black bear
  • Views of beautiful rhododendron and pine forests
  • Amazing walk to the ridge of Mong-La with magnificent mountain backdrops.

Trek Overview

 

Everest Base Camp Trek is a “dream destination” for many adventurers. This trek offers amazing views of Mount Everest and unforgettable scenery of the ‘Himalayas’. The life of mountain dwellers is vastly different from one we live in the city and is worth experiencing. To look into the heart of the villages of these people we offer an exceptional trek featuring a wide range of spectacular scenery combined with unique cultural encounters with the Sherpa people who inhabit these high altitude regions. This trek weaves through the famous Buddhist villages and monasteries of the Sherpa people while affording unparalleled views of some of the world’s highest peaks.

 

Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.

Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Stay overnight in hotel of Kathmandu.

  2. Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

    Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.

    Highlights:

    • UNESCO Heritage sites

     

  3. Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft), –Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft) 4 – 5hrs hike

    After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your 35 mins spectacular scenic flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla. After reaching at Lukla we meet our crew of cooks and porter and set off our hike to Phakding following ridge on the left bank of milky Dudh Koshi River to the village of Phakding . Stay overnight in lodge.

    Highlights:

    • Views of beautiful rhododendron and pine trees.
    • Along the way you can see several gompas, Sherpa village and mani wall
    • Splendid backdrops of Kusumkang, Kongde Mountain.
  4. Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3,445m/11,302ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

    Today we will leave Phakding behind and climb up to the traditional town of Namche Bazar which is also known as ‘ gateway to Everest ‘ and town of Sherpa Ethnicity. Nestled in the Himalayas, Namche is considered as a centuries old trading center between Nepal and Tibet.

    After a hearty breakfast, we set out our trek following the trail continues north up the glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi River. We walk through rolling terrain, past traditional homes, cultivated fields, forests and cross bridges. Trekking half way up the hill you can see first glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse A few hours of walking will lead you to the Sherpa capital village of Namche Bazaar crossing path surrounded by pines.

    Namche is the largest town in Khumbu region, surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Dudh Koshi. This vibrant village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment can be purchased here. In addition you can see yaks roaming around the streets with magical sounds of their bells. You can enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Lhotse from the top of the hillside town.

    Highlights:

    • First glimpse of Mount Everest and Lhotse
    • Cross 4 suspension bridges.
    • Explore vibrant Namche village
    • You can see yaks roam on the streets of Namche
  5. Day 05: Day walk to Thame village (3,750m/12,303ft) 7- 8hrs hike

    Today is an important day for acclimatization as going higher without adapting the altitude can be a risk of altitude sickness. Today we follow a trail high above the Bhote Koshi river through Rhododendron forest and then to the beautiful village of Thame, it is less visited than the main trail to Everest base camp. We also visit the monastery today situated above the village of Thame with the trail lined by many hand – carved Mani stones. We have lunch in Thame and head back to Namche for overnight.

  6. Day 06: Namche – Tashinga (3,450m/11,318ft) 5hrs walk

    Today after breakfast, we leave Namche on the trail contouring the hillside high above the Imja Koshi; there are amazing views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse and also the beautifully shaped Ama Dablam also known as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. We will reach Tashinga and refresh ourselves in the lodge with views down the valley. We will stay the night here in the lodge.

    Highlights:

    • Incredible views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse and Ama Dablam
    • Bird’s eye view of valley from Tashinga
    • Pass numerous prayer flags and mani stones and chortens.
    • Follow a spectacular path that traverses around the hillside high above the Imja Koshi
  7. Day 07: Tashinga – Pangboche (3,875m/12,713ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

    Today we will trek to our final destination towards this direction as we will be returning downwards from there. The trail descends steeply down the DudhKoshi River, where we will cross the river and continue to Phunki Thang and climb through rhododendron forest until we reach Tangboche by late morning. Tengboche monastery is the most important gompa in the Sherpa region, and home to the abbot and about 80 monks and novices following Nyingmapa Buddhism, the predominant Sherpa sect.  Explore the area and its awesome panoramic views of the Himalayan giants and Everest before making the descent to Imja Khola River and the lovely village of Pangboche for accommodation.

    Highlights:

    • Walk through shaded forest of rhododendron trees.
    • Visit Tangboche monastery
    • Enjoy the view of Everest
    • Stay at picturesque Pangboche village
    • May spot native musk deer and pheasants

     

  8. Day 08: Pangboche – Pheriche (4,240m/13,901ft) 4 – 5hrs hike

    We start our trek with an early breakfast leaving from Pangboche, the trail climbs steadily upwards passing through broad open alpine pasture as you reach the crest of each short section of climbs the views before you open up again. Once we cross the river it is a very nice easy walk along to the village of Pheriche where we stay the night. Pheriche is made up of many lodges, teahouses and shops and the Himalayan Rescue Association (“HRA”) clinic is located here. We will accommodate at a lodge here in Pheriche.

    Highlights:

    • Beautiful alpine meadow
    • Spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam
    • Pheriche was mainly a farming village raising potatoes and buckwheat, and keeping yaks.
  9. Day 09: Acclimatization and Rest day

    The Everest Base Camp Trek has now gained the altitude above 4,000m. Hence, today we have an acclimatization day. A morning excursion for acclimatization will be conducted after breakfast. Hike to the Island Peak and Chhukung Village are the best options. We will walk back to Dingboche and can have lunch there after lunch, we can hike to the hill behind Pheriche for a wonderful view of the Himalayas.We will return back to Pheriche and stay overnight in a teahouse of Periche.

    Highlights:

    • Enjoy the magnificent views of snow capped mountain
  10. Day 10: Pheriche– Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) 5 – 6hrs hike

     

    Today, after the early breakfast, we start our trek. From Dingboche the trail goes uphill gradually along a plateau of yak herder shelters, which is an amazing trek, beautiful walk where mountains like Cholatse, Lobuche and Pumari unfolds before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. After 2 and half hours gradual walk, we will reach to Dughla, from Dughla the trail goes directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier before turning left just past the climber and Sherpa memorial. From here, Away from the tree line area, the trail descends gradually and flows to the western side until we reach to the valley of Lobuche. Spend the night in a Lobuche  teahouse.

    Highlights:

    • Spectacular view of snow capped mountains like Everest, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumari and several other peaks
    • View of beautiful Khumbu Glacier
    • Pass Sherpa memorial
  11. Day 11: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,288m/17,349ft) 3hrs – Everest base camp (5,360m/17,585ft) 4–5 hrs hike

     

    Today is the main day as we reach Everest Base Camp (EBC). After breakfast, we prepare ourselves and walk along the rocky terrain alongside the Khumbu glacier to EBC. Leaving Lobuche, the trail to Gorak Shep is extraordinary through the rocky moraine undulating trail. After a light lunch at Gorak Sep we continue to walk to Everest base camp. The trail is mainly on rocky moraine before traversing over on to the glacier. You can see spectacular view of the notorious Khumbu icefall from the base camp. After spending few times in the base camp we then descend back to Gorak Sep for accommodation.

    Highlights:

    • Incredible view of Khumbu glacier
    • Spectacular view of Khumbu icefalls
  12. Day 12: Gorak Sep – Kalapathar (5,545m/18,192ft) 3hrs hike – Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) 3– 4hrs hike

     

    ‘Kala’ means black and ‘pathar’ rock, together being ‘Kalapathar’ or Black rock. After breakfast, we climb this black rock located just above Gorak Sep. Today’s trek can be tough and freezing cold as the place is very windy, the epic climb to Kalapathar is not easy. 

    However, the view from the top surpasses the wildest imaginations, views of Mt. Everest (8848m/29000ft) including the full spread of Khumbu Himalayas; truly an unobstructed view of the highest mountain in the world.

    Alongside, Mt. Pumori looks great close up. As the sunset, the views are more colourful. Kalapattar is one of the prime highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek. After our successful climb we then descend to Lobuche as we rest our night there.

    Highlights:

    • Magnificent views of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, and the entire Khumbu Glacier
    • Beautiful sunrise view from Kalapathar
  13. Day 13: Lobuche – Pangboche (3,875m/12,713ft) 6hrs hike

     

    Today after an early breakfast, from Lobuche we descend past the Sherpa memorials to Dughla and then follow the lower trail to Pheriche. Shortly after leaving Pheriche we cross a bridge over the Khumbu River and then rejoin the trail that we took to Dingboche on Day 8 and trek towards Pangboche.

    After few more hours of walking we will reach the village of Pangboche and spend the night at a teahouse in Pangboche.

     

    Highlights:

    • Beautiful views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam
    • Picturesque farm land of potatoes and buckwheat,
    • Encounter with yaks along the way.

     

  14. Day 14: Pangboche – Namche Bazar (3,445m/11,302ft) 6 – 7hrs hike

     

    Today we head back to Namche, after a climb through the rhododendron forest to Tangboche we descend the river at Phunki Tenga and cross the bridge, trek the steady ascending trail to Namche Bazar.

    Get some rest and prepare ourselves for tomorrows trek to Lukla.

    Highlights:

    • Encounter with musk deer, yaks, mountain goat and pheasants
    • Walk through rhododendron forests
  15. Day 15: Namche Bazar – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft) 7 – 8hrs hike

     

    After breakfast we descend to Monjo. We continue the descent to the Dudh Koshi valley through the villages of Phakding, Ghat and Cheplung. At Chaurikharka we start climbing the final hill of the trek to reach Lukla. We stay overnight in teahouse.

    Highlights:

    • Views of Kusum Kangru, Khumbila, Tawoche and Thamserku on the way.
    • When we reach Lukla, you will be extremely exhausted so we will get some rest and stay the night at Lukla.
    • Pass through picturesque villages

     

     

  16. Day 16: Lukla – Khathmandu (1,302m/4,270ft) 35mins flight

    We will have an early breakfast and fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. You will then be accompanied to your hotel and have time to take rest and relax after a long amazing trek. Stay overnight in hotel of Kathmandu.

    Highlights:

    • Scenic flight to Kathmandu
  17. Day 17: Leisure day in Kathmandu

    It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we could not fly on scheduled date and time or we can organize you a guided day tour in or around Kathmandu. You can spend your leisure time by shopping souvenir for your beloved ones or simply relax after exhausting but momentous adventure.

  18. Day 18: Fly Back Home

    You will be assisted by our staff in a vehicle and transferred to TIA airport in Kathmandu from where you will take your flight back home.

Fast Facts

  • Max altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft
  • Trek destination: Everest Base Camp
  • Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
  • Accommodation in the best selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
  • Thrilling Mountain Flight to Lukla
  • The highest mountain on earth (Mt. Everest 8848m)
  • Stunning views of Himalaya, Khumbu ice fall, Makalu, Mt Everest, etc
  • Trekking through Sherpa villages, learning and experiencing their ethnic culture
  • Fauna found through the trail: wild – Snow Leopard, Musk deer, wild yak, Himalayan black bear
  • Mount Everest is the home of “black jumping spider”. It has been found at altitudes as high as 6700 meters above sea level.
  • Major plants that are found including birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo, wild rose, rhododendron, and hemlock etc.
  • Various  types high elevation mushroom and herbal plants also found in Everest base camp trek trails.
  • The home of Sherpa people and the mysterious Yeti.

What's Included

  • Airport transfers, 
  • Four nights Hotel**** in Kathmandu with breakfast 
  • Internal flight Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu, airport taxes,  
  • National park fee, trek permit, 
  • Accommodation in luxury lodges along the trek on full board (day 8 -12 in local lodges)
  • Staff wages and insurance. 
  • Trek guide and porters.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with entrance fee
  • Nepal Sanctuary Treks trekking bag/duffel bag

 Cost: US$ 2,870 per person (min 2 pax)
            US$ 935 for single room supplement

What's not Included

  •  Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned, 
  • Excess baggage charge beyond 15 Kg each (including day pack)
  • Beverages, 
  • Personal equipment, 
  • Personal bills, 
  •  Visas, 
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or
  • Tips

Reviews

Solo Female Trekker from the USA 

I just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Nepal.

Before I started reading about the many magnificent places to be explored I thought Nepal was all high altitudes and snowy mountains.

After deciding the level of trekking I thought I could manage (I’m 67 years old) and the various villages and town I wished to explore, I contacted Nepal Sanctuary Treks, a small, environmentally sensitive group, and discussed various options with them.  Tulsi, the owner of the company, made all arrangements for hotels, lodges, tours, treks and transportation.

Since I was traveling on my own, it was very important to me that I have a reliable guide and safe accommodations.  After contacting other people who had done both individual and group treks with Tulsi, I felt very secure with the arrangements and the itinerary he had devised.

Three very different but relatively easy treks were developed specifically for me:  The first, a four night trek around the Kathmandu valley- Kathmandu Rim Trek, provided beautiful views of the valley and central Himalayas.  The lodges were very comfortable, with private baths and excellent meals.  This trek never exceeded 5,000 feet.  The second, a five night trek around the Annapurna Mountains afforded even more spectacular scenery and although the trekking lodges were more basic, all were clean and cozy, serving tasty and varied foods.  Although this trek reached altitudes of over 9,000 feet, the ascent was gradual and very manageable.

The last trek took me to the Everest area where I spent 10 memorable days enjoying the varied scenery, picturesque villages and snowcapped peaks.  In this trek we reached elevations of 12,800 feet but again the ascent was gradual and two different days were spent acclimatizing.

My guide for all treks was Lakpa Sherpa, a very pleasant young man who spoke excellent English and took care of me as he would his mother.  Whether it was pointing out special sights, assisting me along the more difficult sections of trail, arranging for my food and lodging or explaining the customs and culture of the various tribes, he was always there for me, anticipating my every need.

Besides the treks, I also visited Chitwan National Park, Palaces, Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddha and many temples and shrines.

The total, including all transportation in Nepal, lodging and most meals was under $3000 for the 6 weeks, a real bargain.  Treks by themselves are priced even better.

Tulsi takes a special interest in all his clients, taking them to his home for a typical Nepali meal, keeping in close contact with the guides during all treks and travels and making sure everything goes as anticipated.  When he asked me to critique my trip, all I could say was that it exceeded all expectations and I can’t wait to return for a repeat visit.

Nepal is a very safe and friendly country.  I never had the slightest concern about going out at night in the towns or for my safety during the treks.

Anyone interested in planning a trip of any length can contact Tulsi at sanctuary@mail.com.np or gtulsi@wlink.com.np or check out the web sites at www.nepalsanctuarytreks.com

 

 

 

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Carol Staley , U.S.A, Woodacre, CA. 94973

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